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"Moody" and "unpredictable" are adjectives parents will often use when referring to their teenagers.

Parents are the external regulator for kids who cannot regulate themselves.

If there is no relationship - nothing else matters !

Relationships matter:  change comes through forming trusting relationships. People, not programs change people.

If it  was going to be easy to raise kids, it never would have started with something called "labour".

Hurt people hurt people.

The challenge of adolescence is to balance the right of the parents to feel they are in charge with the need of the adolescent to gain independence.

Parenting style matters - a lot!

Children fare better when expectations on them are clear and firm.

It is what we say and do when we're angry that creates the very model our children will follow when dealing with their own frustrations.

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Single Parents

 

SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES
Single parent families occur because of:
            1. separation / divorce
            2. unwed mothers
            3. death of a spouse
            4. adoption / fostering by a single
            5. non participating spouse
Whatever the family history, all single parents take on a challenging responsibility of raising their children alone. It’s difficult enough for 2 parents with a solid marriage and stable finances to parent. Being a single parent may be the most challenging job in the universe:
            – earning a living
            – fixing meals
            – caring for kids
            – helping with homework
            – cleaning the house
            – paying the bills
            – repairing the car
            – handling insurance
            – changing diapers
            – doing the banking
            – taking the kids to the doctor / dentist
            – bathing the preschooler
            – doing the income tax
            – laundry, laundry and more laundry
            – shopping
            – reading a story
            – going to soccer practice
            – cutting the grass
            – tucking in a night
            – etc.
            – etc.
            – etc.
            everyday – all year long is exhausting, back breaking work.

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Workshops

+ Behaviour Management

This full day or 2 evening workshop will introduce you […]

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+ Lick Your Kids

  “Lick Your Kids” (figuratively not literally) (2 hours) First […]

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+ A Parent’s Guide to the Teenage Brain

  A teenager’s brain is not just an adult brain […]

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+ Reading Rescue

A program for children with reading problems

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+ Taming a Toddler

Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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Contact

2720 Rath Street, Putnam, Ontario
NOL 2BO

Phone: (519) 485-4678
Fax: (519) 485-0281

Email: info@rickharper.ca

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Parents' Comments

“We are foster parents who took in a 13 year old girl (going on 18!) and she ran us through the wringer. Rick helped us learn how to set limits that made the difference.”

(G.E. – Strathroy)